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Catalytic N2O Decomposition for Piloted Scramjet Ignition

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
92942
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F083-121-1852
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Reaction Systems, LLC
17301 W. Colfax Avenue #160 Golden, CO -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Catalytic N2O Decomposition for Piloted Scramjet Ignition
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-09-M-2956
Award Amount: $99,941.00
 

Abstract:

Ignition, flameholding, and flame spreading is difficult to achieve in current hydrocarbon scramjet hypersonic missile designs. This is particularly true at the end of the initial rocket boost phase when the hardware and fuel can still be very cold. Reaction Systems proposes to develop a lightweight catalytic nitrous oxide ("laughing gas") ignition system to exothermically decompose N2O to a hot (>1400 C) 33% O2 stream to aid atomization, vaporization, and ignition of thermally stable hydrocarbons like JP-7. Preliminary calculations indicate that this hot O2 stream could easily possess a multi-megawatt effective thermal power in contrast to the multi-kilowatt levels associated with electrical plasma igniters. BENEFIT: The development of a highly active and thermally stable N2O decomposition catalyst could have applications in efficient and "green" satellite station-keeping and attitude control thrusters, and civilian and amateur hybrid rocketry.

Principal Investigator:

David Wickham
Senior Developer I
7203527161
a.langdon@edaptive.com

Business Contact:

Todd Leeson
President
3038817992
p.chawla@edaptive.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

REACTION SYSTEMS, LLC
1814 19th Street Golden, CO 80401

EIN/Tax ID: 202875490
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No